People in the News (8/23/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

 People in the News (8/23/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

HARISH IYER has been tapped by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to serve as senior advisor and manager of science programs, the Economic Times of India reports. Iyer, who recently quit his job at Hyderabad-based vaccines maker Shantha Biotechnics (part of pharmaceutical giant Sanofi), previously worked at several global biotech/pharmaceutical firms, including Biogen Idec, in the U.S. before moving to India.

Omidyar Network has announced that SHRIPRIYA MAHESH will join the philanthropic investment firm as a partner. In her new role, Mahesh will serve on the leadership team that guides the organization and will oversee ON's global Consumer Internet & Mobile initiative. Mahesh, an angel investor and advisor to several private companies, previously oversaw product and design for First Look Media and held several marketing and product management leadership roles at eBay. Earlier, she was vice president of e-commerce at NextCard and held positions at Mitchell Madison Group and TVS Group. 

The Moyer Foundation has announced the appointment of MARY K. FITZGERALD as its first CEO. FitzGerald comes to the foundation with experience as a nonprofit executive and in the private sector. Most recently, she served as CEO of Back on My Feet, a national running and fitness organization that assists individuals experiencing homelessness. In her more than decade-long tenure as chief operating officer at Pop Warner, a nonprofit youth football organization, FitzGerald worked closely with partners such as the NFL, ESPN, and Walt Disney to increase brand awareness and revenue. Earlier, she served as a legal and business advisor to Fox Sports and worked in the legal department of the National Football League and the marketing department of the Minnesota Wild/NHL Club.

The Walton Family Foundation has announced that its executive director, BUDDY PHILPOT, will step down. Philpot, a former president of Walton-led Arvest Bank, has led the foundation for ten years, overseeing its growth from $40 million in annual grants to $374 million in 2014 and from a four-person staff to more than seventy-five employees. He will stay on to help ensure a smooth transition as the organization begins a national search for his replacement.

The Dyson Foundation has announced the promotion of CECILIA STANCELL to the position of director of programs, a role whose responsibilities include grantmaking policy and new initiatives. She started with the foundation in 2000 as communications associate and, in 2005, was promoted to program officer. "Cecilia…has excelled in every way. She brings the right blend of experience and expertise to this important post," said Dyson Foundation president Andrea Reynolds.

On his blog, KEN BERGER has announced his new position as managing director of nonprofit-serving tech company Algorhythm, effective August 17. Berger, most recently president and CEO of Charity Navigator, earlier spent nearly thirty years in leadership positions at a variety of human service and healthcare nonprofits. Berger intends to continue writing and speaking about issues of concern to the nonprofit sector and philanthropic community.

Habitat for Humanity New York City has announced the appointment of KAREN HAYCOX as CEO. Haycox most recently served as vice president of fund development at Southwest Solutions, a human services and economic development nonprofit in southwest Detroit. Earlier, she held a number of senior positions with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta and worked for Habitat for Humanity International on initiatives related to the Asian tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Haiti Earthquake, tornado outbreaks in the Midwest, and Superstorm Sandy. Haycox also managed Habitat for Humanity's relationships with Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and other key corporate supporters. "It's my goal to actively engage New Yorkers in our mission of building and advocating for affordable housing," Haycox said. "We will maintain our focus on increasing volunteer opportunities, strengthening connections with corporations and employers, and on working alongside leaders and lawmakers in support of our cause. The affordable housing crisis has been a focus of Mayor de Blasio's agenda and Habitat NYC will bring a valuable perspective to that conversation." 

In other news, PND notes the passing of AMY A. KASS, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. Kass joined the conservative think tank after long teaching career at the University of Chicago. She also served as a board member or consultant for several institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Liberal Education, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. "Story in all its forms — compelling short fiction, inspiring historical and biographical tale, soaring poetry, speech and song — lay at the heart of Amy's imaginative, fruitful, and unique work,” said Hudson Institute director William A. Schambra in an obituary on the organization's website.

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